Floral and Stripes

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Raincoat: Similar Striped Tee: Similar Rainboots: Same Rainboot Bows: Similar Necklace: Similar (and on sale!)

Hey everyone!

I had a blog post all set to go with my end of summer bucket list, but with the weather we’ve been having lately, sharing this cute rainy day look from this past spring seemed more fitting.  Every day here in the Midwest for the past week and half it has been in the upper seventies to lower eighties and overcast with rain in the evenings.  My raincoats have been on repeat, and this one is one of my favorites!  What has the weather been like in your corner of the world?  Anyone else been experiencing unseasonably cooler weather?

Xoxo,

Leighton MIchele

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Summer Days

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Dress:  Vineyard Vines (same) Sperry’s: Similar  Earrings: Kate Spade (similar)

Happy summer everyone!  It has been forever since I posted, but I had to take a break from blogging the first half of this summer due to the fact that my photographers (aka my family) have been too busy to take any pictures for me and I’ve been so busy myself.  Summer is definitely in full swing here in the Midwest though, both with activities and the heat.  The past week and a half it has been over 100 degrees nearly every day!  Weather like this has me wanting to stay cool, whether that is by being indoors or near water.

My summer dress I’m wearing here has been the perfect casual choice for so many reasons this summer.  Whether paired with my Sperry’s or cute sandals, it has the ability to be both dressed up or down, or even double as a pool cover up for those poolside parties that have a way of popping up this time of year.

How has your summer been going?

Xoxo,

Leighton Michele

 

Guest Post from Coral and Charm!!!

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Hey everyone!
I have been so excited to share this post with you!  When I first started blogging one of the first blogs I started reading and found so inspirational was Coral and Charm by Camryn.  It still is one of my most favorite blogs that  I read.  Camryn’s posts are always so uplifting and she shines Jesus in such a beautiful way.  She is an inspiration to me as a fellow blogger and I know that she is an inspiration to so many other women.  Last March I asked her if she would be interested in coming over and sharing a post with all of you, and I was so excited when she said yes! I love her idea of Jesus hour, it makes me want to be more motivated to actually get up in the morning and spend more time with Jesus instead of pushing snooze as many times as I do.  And honestly, all of her ideas on how to enter a new season are so good and have me ready to go implement all of them right now!  Anyways, please hop on over and check out her blog linked both above and below and I promise you’ll quickly find yourself clicking over often to read whatever her latest post is!
-Leighton Michele 

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Hey friends! My name is Camryn and I am a twenty-something living in the sweet state of Mississippi as newlyweds with my high school sweetheart. Loving JESUS, tacos, and Gilmore Girls. I work in marketing by day so I can blog by night over at coralandcharm.com (come say hello!) and I am so excited to be here guest posting today! So refreshing to get a chance to jump in here to Leighton’s sweet space and talk about SPRING.

 

I’m a sucker for a new year, new month, new season, etc. There’s something about being able to start fresh that gives me an extra ounce of motivation and inspiration. And so I think it’s important to grab hold of that feeling as the flowers are blooming and the sun is back (praise!), to dig into finding what matters in order to start this new season on purpose. So here are a few things that help me start fresh well:

 

1.     Jesus Hour. I talk about this a lot because it’s been EVERYTHING for me this year. My early morning quiet, coffee, and the Word. We can’t find purpose unless we’ve been in the presence of the purpose maker. And so I will always be a cheerleader for you to do what you need to do to know Him more. He is what matters!!

2.     Taking stock. In order to know where you want to go, you have to know where you ARE. And you can’t know where you are unless you know where you’ve been, right?? (Still with me on this?! LOL). I find it helps set me up for success if I take the time to access the goals I’ve accomplished lately, to see what it is I’m doing well and what it is that I might need help on. Taking stock of my past few weeks shows me the map I’ve been creating, to help me decide if I’m moving forward in the right direction.

3.     Decide what is your “On Purpose.” Write down 3-5 things you want this season to be about: More time with family, finally finishing that book proposal, drink more water, start taking art lessons, read through the whole New Testament, etc. Post it somewhere where it stays front of mind, and try and do 1 thing a day that is moving towards those “On Purpose” moments or goals.

4.     Give yourself grace! Take a breath and enjoy this season. Work hard yes, but don’t forget that there is glorious in the mundane. To start fresh well, you’re going to need decide ahead of time that it’s OK to need more grace or more help or more time.

 

You’ve got this friends!! Cheers to starting fresh well this Spring.

 

xoxo

 

Camryn

Raincoat Weather

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Raincoat: Same (and on sale!) Shirt: Similar Shoes: Stuart Weitzeman Corkswoon (Similar) Earrings: Same in Navy

This past weekend it rained like crazy here in the Midwest, which had me pulling one of my favorite rain jackets back out.  I love the wide stripes of this jacket, it gives it such a fun, nautical feel.  It is the perfect jacket for either dressing up or down.  Saturday I mostly just kind of chilled out not doing a whole lot other than running some errands towards the end of the day, but yesterday more than made up for how chill Saturday was!   I have a dance recital in two weeks and we had tech rehearsal in the afternoon.  I am getting so excited to dance on stage again, but it is also bittersweet since this is my last recital.

What did your weekend look like?

Xoxo,

Leighton Michele

Caught My Eye

This past week and weekend have been so much fun filling it with making memories with my family.  As you know from my post on Monday I spent the weekend up in Kansas City with my family finding out that my cousin is going to be having a baby girl this fall and celebrating Easter with them.  Then on Monday my cousin from New York stopped by to visit for a couple of days!  It was so great getting to catch up with her and spend time making memories, even for just the few hours we had together (I had to work during most of her visit 😦 ).

Also, it felt sooooo good to get home from work today and pull on this dress from last summer.  It is just so comfortable and light weight.  I also love that it is so easy and you don’t have to think a lot to figure out how to wear it.  you just slip it on and put on some earrings in the color pop you’re feeling and boom, you’re ready to go!  (Or relax, which I am totally doing right now!

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ONE: Toddler Olympics

This adorable video showed up in my newsfeed on facebook this past week and I loved it!  I mean, the Olympics are always fun, but when you have darling babies competing?  It truly doesn’t get any better.  Seriously, stop reading and click the link and go watch it!

TWO: Bead Drop Earrings

Bead drop earrings are everywhere this season and are such an adorable fashion statement.  I picked these up from Francesca’s in both navy and red and am already dreaming of all the other color combinations.  I wore the red ones to work today and received so many compliments on them.  They add the perfect pop of color and make a fun fashion statement without being “too much”.

THREE: Lemon Cardigan

This lemon print cardigan from JCrew is just too adorable for words.  It would look darling both for work or a casual night out with friends.  I would personally wear it with a white tee shirt, denim shorts and cute wedges for a night out, or pair it with a black pencil skirt and button up for work.  The versatility alone would make this cardigan a wonderful addition to your wardrobe…. let’s get real, I’m just talking myself into this one as I write about it…. 😉

Hope you’re having a great hump day, it’s time for me to go get ready for dance class!

Xoxo,

Leighton Michele

Easter Weekend Review

This past weekend was so much fun!  If you follow me on Instagram you know that I was able to go on a road trip with my mom, grandma and sisters to visit my family for my cousin’s babies gender reveal party!  It was such a fun way to get to spend Easter weekend with my family and discovering the gender of the newest member of our family!  For the gender reveal party everything was decorated sooooo cute in baby pinks and blues.  Check out the pictures below to see just how adorable it was!

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Boy or girl?  Which do you think Baby D will be?

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Baby pictures of mommy and daddy were just too cute for words!!!  I cannot wait to see my new baby cousin, I am sure baby “d” is going to be the absolute cutest!!!

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I loved this custom sign they had made of pregnancy symptoms for everyone to guess whether the baby would be a boy or girl based off of old wives tales.  Before you watch the video below of what baby will be, what is your guess?  Were you right?

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It’s a girl!!!!  I am so excited to get to go shopping for baby girl clothes.  While baby boys are sweet and special too, everyone I know has been having nothing but boys for over five years now and I am dying to go shopping for dresses and bows!

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We all stayed up so late talking and having fun, I seriously did not get to bed until midnight, which if you know me, that is crazy late for me!  I normally start winding down around nine or nine thirty and am always in bed by ten or ten thirty at the absolute latest.  I seriously LOVE my sleep, lol.  I meant to get a picture of all of us before or after church in our Easter dresses, but we all were having so much fun just being together and talking that I totally forgot to even take any pictures on Easter, oops!  We all went to  church together and then came back to my aunt and uncles house to enjoy leftover barbecue together for lunch, and let me tell you, it was GOOD!  By mid afternoon it was all too soon time to start making the trek back home.  It was sad to say goodbye to everyone, but thankfully I’ll get to see them again soon and now all of the baby girl shopping can begin!  If you have children, what were your favorite things you received at your baby showers?  I am all ears for suggestions on things to buy!

What did you do this Easter?

Xoxo,

Leighton Michele

Caught My Eye

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ONE: Magnolia Journal

I am so excited, this past week I received a mini version of the Magnolia Journal my Fixer Uppers Chip and Joanna Gaines and I am hooked!  They had a special deal going that if you bought one years subscription you got the second years free, and there was no way I could say no to that!  I cannot wait to get to read through the full magazine and dream over Joanna’s impeccable decorating.

TWO: Baby Hears Moms Voice For First Time

This video came across my newsfeed on facebook and I could not get over how sweet it was.  The baby’s surprised face when he hears his mom for the first time will give you all of the feels.

THREE: Valentino Sandal Dupes

I love the Valentino Rockstud collection, but they are so far out of budget, it isn’t even funny.  I was so excited when I found these dups on Targets website though, they are so similar and under $30!  I am totally crushing on the tan ones and am thinking that they might be a good addition to my summer shoe wardrobe.

What has caught your eye this week?  Share in the comments below!  Happy hump day everyone!

Leighton Michele